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Our October 2012 issue

Our October issue features a special cover by Michael Whelan for “The Liars,” the latest of Juliette Wade’s explorations of truly alien cultures. By now you’ve probably noticed that she has an exceptional knack for getting inside such cultures and drawing you into them too. This story is no exception, and these particular aliens also inhabit an uncommonly colorful world. And, incomprehensible though their ways may at first seem to an outsider, you’ll soon find that they do make a disquieting sort of sense, once you understand their premises and the dilemmas they consequently face. . . .

Our fact article is by a newcomer to our pages, Alan Plummer, and deals with the important contributions to professional science made by amateur observers, particularly in certain areas of astronomy and astrophysics. Rounding out the issue will be a decidedly diverse collection of stories by such writers as Michael F. Flynn, Carl Frederick, Linda Nagata, Larry Niven, and a couple of promising new talents.

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PrometheusMovie Review: Prometheus
Ridley Scott foreruns his classic and groundbreaking “Alien” with a compelling and existential film that reaches wide, but ultimately fails. Visually and cinematically stunning, “Prometheus” indulges in the action and one-liners that summer moviegoers may be craving while also bringing a sense of eerie irony. It falls prey to many of the pitfalls found in the “genre” formula, yet it holds a bizarre and resonant quality that other blockbusters lack. This is perhaps what makes this film a particular disappointment. If there were no potential, then the letdown would be less stinging. Read more

The Liars
by Juliette Wade

Any viable culture has to make sense—on its own terms

If it was possible to make a security area “adorable,” Poik-Paradise had done it. Adrian had a perfect view above the mob that pushed him and his wife from the shuttles toward the lines: staff wore lavender and orange uniforms, and the room was punctuated by enormous artificial conifers, while a syrupy little song played in the background. Posters of fuzzy aliens with striped tails and jet-black heads read, “The Poik welcome you to their Paradise!” So far, however, everyone was human. Adrian kept Qing in front of him, buffering her with his body from the general press. Sometimes his size did have advantages.

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The Alternate View by John G. Cramer
The Alternate View Goes to the Movies

The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis
Every month, Anthony keeps you up to date on what's going on in the world of science fiction

The Science Behind the Story: The View from the Top
by Jerry Oltion

The Science Behind the Story: A Sound Basis of Misunderstanding
by Carl Frederick

The Science Behind the Story: To Climb A Flat Mountain
by G. David Nordley

The Science Behind the Story: Cavernauts
by David Bartell

The Science Behind the Story: InterstellarNet
by Edward M. Lerner

Archive The Science Behind the Story

Analog Story Wins Highest Japanese SF Award

Arthur C. Clarke Obituary

Paul Levinson interviews Stanley Schmidt

The Liars by Juliette Wade
Nahiku West by Linda Nagata
The Journeyman: On the Short-Grass Prairie by Michael F. Flynn

Ambidextrose by Jay Werkheiser
Deer in the Garden by Michael Alexander
Reboots and Saddles by Carl Frederick
Nothing But Vacuum by Edward McDermott
The End in Eden by Steven Utley

Atlas' Apprentices: Amateur Contributions in Astronomy and Astrophysics by Alan Plummer

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In Times to Come
The Alternate View
by John G. Cramer
Biolog: Jay Werkheiser by Richard A. Lovett
The Reference Library by Don Sakers
Brass Tacks
Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

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